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First of all, I really enjoy reading this website because so many fans come up with trade packages and off-season moves that really get me thinking, and I often find myself asking: Is this even possible? So I’ve taken it upon myself to check out a few trade possibilities that could work out from a financial standpoint. I took the six teams (Indiana, New Jersey, Sacramento, Minnesota, Portland, Memphis) that experts have been linking us to in trade talks, and did some research.
By the way, if you haven’t played around with ESPN’s Trade Machine, I would highly recommend it. And if you’re at work, I’m warning you, the Trade Machine will take a good hour or two off of your total production for the day. So I’ll save your company a few dollars and break things down. Now remember, these are trades I’ve come up with that work from a financial standpoint, not one’s that I endorse, and they’re in no particular order.
Possible Trades with the Indiana Pacers:
1. Jermaine O’Neal FOR Bynum, Brown, and Radmanovic (our 19th overall would also definitely have to be included in this package). The big question is: Will the Pacers require Odom? If they don’t, (and I’ve said this before) this is the deal the Lakers MUST make.
2. Let’s say the Pacers don’t require Odom and they don’t like Deal # 1; L.A. could possibly take out Radmanovic from the above deal and replace him with Luke Walton in a sign and trade.
3. And what if the Lakers decide to part with both Odom and Bynum? The deal would most likely be Odom, Bynum, Vujacic (and possibly the Lakers 19th overall draft pick) for O’Neal. In my mind, that’s way too much (even without the draft pick).
Possible Trades with the New Jersey Nets:
1. Jason Kidd FOR Bynum, Brown, and Radmanovic. Radman has four years, $25 million remaining on his contract; it’d be great if the Lakers could make up for their mistake last year and get those numbers off their books (but don’t count on it).
2. Jason Kidd FOR Bynum, Brown, Cook, Evans, and Vujacic. That’s an awful lot for a 34 year-old player.
Possible Trades with the Sacramento Kings:
1. Ron Artest FOR Kwame Brown. Match made in heaven from a salary cap standpoint.
2. Ron Artest FOR Luke Walton in a sign and trade could also work.
Possible Trades with the Minnesota Timberwolves:
1. Kevin Garnett FOR Odom, Bynum, and Brown. You can be assured that the Wolves would also require our 19th overall draft pick and Jordan Farmar. The Wolves would be getting a nice front court in Bynum and Brown, young talent in Farmar and a draft choice, and an expiring contract one year from now in Brown.
Possible Trades with the Portland Trail Blazers:
1. Zach Randolph and Jarret Jack FOR Lamar Odom.
Possible Trades with the Memphis Grizzlies:
1. Pau Gasol FOR Bynum, Brown, Farmar, and our 19th overall pick.
2. Pau Gasol FOR Bynum and Odom, and possibly our 19th overall pick.
3. Pau Gasol FOR Odom, Farmar, and our 19th overall pick.
What would I do? Well obviously if you can get Jermaine O’Neal without giving up Lamar Odom, that’s the deal to make when considering we’d have one of the premiere starting lineups in the league with Bryant, O’Neal, Odom, Walton, Farmar (or a mid-level exception signee).
If that deal didn’t work out, then what about Pau Gasol? He hasn’t been talked about all that much, but that first deal I came up with above looks very good. We’d be able to keep Odom, so the starting lineup would be Bryant, Gasol, Odom, Walton, and Farmar (or signee). Other than Bryant, we’d lack a perimeter scoring threat, but that lineup is very similar and talented to the one with Jermaine O’Neal plugged in. Gasol says he wants to stay in Memphis though, so the odds of this happening aren’t that great. Also, if talks get serious, don’t expect a deal to go down until after Jerry West leaves on July 1st.
If the Pacers and Grizzlies both require Odom in a trade package, I would then to go talk to the Wolves about a deal for Garnett. And although we’d be giving up a ton as you can see above, I believe I’d make that particular deal listed above. The deal would work from a dollars and cents standpoint, but would the Wolves go for it? Right now it looks like they wouldn’t since there hasn’t been an outcry from Garnett to be traded. But what we could offer has to be somewhat tempting to Kevin and the Wolves.
So let’s say all three of those deals don’t work out; after holding out as long as possible, I would go back to Indiana and trade Bynum, Odom, and Vujacic for Jermaine O’Neal (our draft pick wouldn’t be included). Although losing Odom would be a tough pill to swallow, it would be open up the possibility for a Kwame Brown trade (and this is assuming everything’s fine with him physically). Artest is a salary match, but would an expiring contract be enough for the Kings to bite on? The only other thing we could dangle at them would be our first round draft pick, and that might be too expensive of a price for Artest, but at least itd be an option. Kobe, O’Neal, Artest, Walton, and Farmar (or signee) would be a lineup that has the potential to contend for a title in the near future.